16th CINet PhD Seminar

Researching continuous innovation - getting in, getting through, getting (it) out

20-24 April 2020, Stockholm, Sweden


  • The seminar
  • Faculty
  • Program
  • Application & fees
  • Key dates
  • Practicalities
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The Seminar


One of the great challenges for doctoral students is to develop publishable results from their research. This all starts with a well-designed research plan, followed by collecting and analyzing good data.
Thus, the objective of the CINet PhD seminar on “researching continuous innovation” is to help students mastering the process of getting from a research idea, through a robust research design, good qualitative and/or quantitative data, to a publishable theoretical and/or managerial contribution, in the field of (continuous) innovation.

Continuous innovation

Continuous innovation, the basis for sustainable success, requires companies to combine continuity and innovation in several different ways. World-class companies:

  • Make the right strategic choices.
  • Implement their strategies by continuously developing new products, markets, processes, forms of organization and management approaches.
  • Ensure continuity and improvement of their existing business.

Thus, continuously innovative companies successfully combine strategic, innovation and operational excellence or, as James March would put it, exploration and exploitation.

Work mode

The seminar provides a unique platform for doctoral students to present and discuss their research, and to get feedback from, and exchange comments and views with, fellow students and experienced researchers in the field. The program is highly interactive and includes ample opportunity for exploring emerging themes in continuous innovation theory and methodology.


The seminar offers space to max. 16 doctoral students or other researchers developing a PhD thesis, who are researching continuous innovation or a related topic, and are in a relatively early phase of their studies.

Date and place

The seminar takes place on 20-24 April 2020 in Stockholm, Zweden, and is hosted by Professor Mats Magnusson of KTH - Royal Institute of Technology.


Upon successful completion of the seminar, the participants are given a certificate and granted 5 ECTS.


The faculty involved in the seminar consists of widely-published scolars on continuous innovation and related areas.


Harry Boer is Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has (co-)authored numerous publications on organization theory, manufacturing strategy and continuous improvement/innovation. His research interest is in continuous innovation, the effective interaction between day-to-day operations, incremental change and radical innovation. Harry is a former chairman of CINet.


Mariano Corso is Professor of Organization and Human Resources at Politecnico di Milano where he chairs the course of Management Engineering at the Cremona site. At MIP, the Business School of Politecnico di Milano, he is director of the Master in Management and Organization Development and of the Observatories on Enterprise2.0, ICT Strategic Sourcing and ICT Strategy and Governance. He coordinated various studies on Knowledge Management and is an author of more than 100 international publications. Mariano is a former board member of CINet.


Mats Magnusson is Professor of Product Innovation Engineering, School of Industrial Technology and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and permanent Visiting Professor, LUISS Business School, Rome, Italy.​ Mats Magnusson is the present Chairman of CINet.

Laugen Patricia Wolf is Professor MSO of Integrative Innovation Management at the Centre for Integrative Innovation Management (Institute of Marketing and Management) of the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Professor of Innovation Management and Future Studies at the Institute of Management and Regional Economics, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
Private Lecturer at the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation at ETH Zurich, Switzerland



The seminar features a combination of faculty teaching and student presentations, plenary sessions, and small-group work. The program is highly interactive and includes ample opportunity for exploring emerging themes in continuous innovation, related theory and methodology, background and seminal contributions.

Each morning a specific topic, a related challenge and relevant methodological issues will be addressed based on the lecturer's own research. During the afternoon, the students will discuss their own and others' work in view of the topics addressed in the morning.

Monday 20 April 2020

Morning: Research design
Lecturer: Harry Boer
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Harry Boer

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Morning: Case studies, Action research
Lecturer: Mariano Corso
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Mariano Corso & Mats Magnusson
Evening: Seminar Dinner

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Morning: Collaborative research
Lecturer: Mats Magnusson
Afternoon: Free

Thursday 23 April 2020

Morning: Epistemological positions in management research
Lecturer: Patricia Wolf
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Patricia Wolf & Harry Boer

Friday 24 April 2020

Morning: Writing scientific articles
Lecturer: Harry Boer
Guest: Jennie Björk, editor CIM
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment, Wrap-up and closure
Lecturer: Harry Boer


Application & fees

Participation fee

The participation fee is € 525 for CINet members* and € 625 for non CINet members. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, coffees, teas and refreshments, and the Tuesday evening seminar dinner somewhere in vivid Stockholm. Due to local administrative procedures it is not possible to include lunch in the fee. However, as the lunches take place at the university premises the cost are very low.

* To be able to benefit from the reduced fee for members you have to register as CINet member before March 1.


We look forward to receiving your application, not later than 10 March 2020. Please use the “ Apply” button below, and do not forget to add the required documents – see below. Besides doctoral students, other researchers developing a doctoral thesis may participate. The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 16 in order to create a suitable and stimulating working environment.



The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the seminar faculty. They will review the following documents, which should be submitted together with your application form:

  • Your curriculum vitae demonstrating your capabilities of doing research.
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor supporting the application.
  • A five-page description of your research, indicating the research objectives, problem, method and envisaged contribution to theory and practice.


Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their application by 15 March 2020.

Key dates

Application deadline: 10 March 2020

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2020



The seminar will be held at KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in the Innovation Studio, Brinellvägen 85, 3rd floor, room "Gladan" (nr. 85 on the map).


The following hotels are recommended:

If you prefer Airbnb the following areas are recommended:

  • Östermalm
  • Vasastan
  • Gamla stan
  • Södermalm
  • Kungsholmen


More information on travelling to Stockholm and the university can be found on the website of the university: https://www.kth.se/en/om/kontakt/campus/transportation-upon-arrival-how-to-get-here-1.359878


Material needed to prepare yourself will be available nearer the event.




Harry Boer
Aalborg University

corsoMariano Corso
Politecnico di Milano

laugenMats Magnusson

magnussonPatricia Wolf
Lucerne University


ECTS credits: 5





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